Issue 30

THE ART OF FAILING UPWARDS

2024-06-17T15:33:41+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

THE ASCENT OF EVEREST (BOXED SET) by Ross Fitzgerald and Ian McFadyen  Hybrid Publishers, 2024 ISBN. 9781922768278 RRP: $49.99 (PB) Reviewed by Rocco Loiacono       The four novels of the satirical series concerning Professor Grafton Everest, a rambunctious, overweight, fictional academic written together by Ross Fitzgerald (emeritus professor of history and history) and Ian McFadyen (of the Comedy [...]

TWENTIETH CENTURY TRAGEDY – AS SEEN IN THE TALE OF ONE FAMILY

2024-06-17T15:31:32+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

THE SCHOLEMS: A STORY OF THE GERMAN BOURGEOISIE FROM EMANCIPATION TO DESTRUCTION By Jay Howard Geller Cornell University Press 2019 ISBN:9781501731563 RRP: US$29.95 Reviewed by Anne Henderson       It has become a favoured technique in historical writing to enter the past through the connecting links of one family and its extended individuals. Frequently [...]

FRANK KNOPFELMACHER: A SELF-PROCLAIMED “THREAT EXPERT” WHO WAS RIGHT ABOUT NAZI AND COMMUNIST TOTALITARIANISM

2024-06-17T15:19:58+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

FRANK KNOPFELMACHER: SELECTED WRITINGS by Andrew Knopfelmacher Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd, 2024 ISBN:  97819232241 RRP: $32.25 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson     I remember the sense of disappointment experienced when Frank Knopfelmacher’s first and – as it turned out – only book was released in 1968.  It was titled Intellectuals and Politics with [...]

A LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER’S VERY SHORT ECONOMIC HISTORY

2024-06-17T15:38:17+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

THE SHORTEST HISTORY OF ECONOMICS  by Andrew Leigh Black Inc, February 2024 ISBN:  978-1760644000 RRP: $27.99 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson     Is there anything that can stop Andrew Leigh? – the Australian Labor Party member for  Fraser in the Australian Capital Territory who is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury and [...]

THE LUCK AND LIFE OF DONALD HORNE – FROM UNPOPULAR CONSERVATIVE TO NATIONAL FAVOURITE

2024-06-17T15:32:11+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

DONALD HORNE – A LIFE IN THE LUCKY COUNTRY  By Ryan Cropp La Trobe 2023 ISBN: 9781760641375 RRP: $37.99 Reviewed by Anne Henderson       It took a year to write in 1964 but was years in the making; its title came as a light bulb moment when Geoffrey Dutton suggested to Donald Horne [...]

 AS SWEET AS BATTLES WON – DEBORAH CONWAY’S JOURNEY

2024-06-18T09:44:12+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

BOOK OF LIFE  by Deborah Conway Allen & Unwin 2023 ISBN: 9781761069383 RRP: $34.99 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson       Some way into Deborah Conway’s memoir Book of Life, she writes of her “meandering patchwork quilt career”. And what a patchwork of brilliant colour it is. Dark and light, shade and illumination. All [...]

‘FOR SERVICES TO PEACE’…AND THE SOVIET UNION

2024-06-17T15:36:59+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

MY FATHER'S SHADOW by Sandra Goldbloom Zurbo Monash University Publishing, 2023 ISBN: 9781922979186 RRP: $32.99 (pb) Reviewed by Keith Harvey       Adding to the canon of books by left-wingers and their children is My Father’s Shadow, a memoir written by the eldest daughter of Sam Goldbloom, Sandra. Goldbloom was well known as a [...]

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE; FROM RUSSIA DISILLUSIONED

2024-06-17T15:36:52+10:0017 June 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

NO COUNTRY FOR IDEALISTS: THE MAKING OF A FAMILY OF SUBVERSIVES By Boris Frankel Greenmeadows, 2024 ISBN: 9780648363385 RRP: $34.99 (pb) Reviewed by Keith Harvey       There is an increasing number of memoirs written by left-wing activists and now by their children. None of these could tell a stranger story than No Country [...]

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